RH Note: Necessary Linkage is a semi-weekly collection of current and helpful tidbits from around the internets, curated by the lovely Marissa Hussey, whose honeymoon was one of our first features.
Tying the (Fisherman’s) Knot
Husband and I (above) just returned from an amazing destination wedding in Puerto Morelos, Mexico, and I have to say that until I actually went to a destination wedding, I didn’t realize how awesome they could be. It’s like going on vacation with 30 of your friends! This article on cruise-ship weddings from Sunday’s New York Times offers insight on an even more specific and unique group of the destination wedding crowd. And the locations need not be tropical: How about a wedding by a canal in Venice? Sign me up. Er, I mean, sign my sister or some other close relative up.
In the City of Angels
This chic, modern L.A. wedding on Style Me Pretty would have me wrapped around its little finger, even if I hadn’t been a guest at it, and the groom wasn’t my husband’s college roommate. I loved the vintage necklace Robin chose to complement her gorgeous Amsale gown, the bright groomsmen boutonnieres, the drinks handed out before the poolside ceremony on the roof of the Thompson Hotel in Beverly Hills, and of course: the Tennessee vs. New Jersey dance-off (which I did my part in coaxing along by requesting some Bon Jovi), that ended in guests jumping into the pool en masse. The super-helpful front-desk staff, paired with the views inside the hotel (black-laquered walls and multimedia artwork abound) and from the roof (the Hollywood Hills provide a dramatic backdrop), made the Thompson a stand-out, and I recommend a stay if you’re planning any travel to L.A.
Unless your address is #1 Under a Rock Avenue, you rely on your iPhone (or other smart phone) for nearly everything. Figuring out sale prices, getting directions, searching Wikipedia to settle bets, checking-in to FourSquare obsessively, etc. And traveling in an unfamiliar place is when the features of an iPhone come in most handy. This Frommer’s free app which just launched this week has everything you need, at your fingertips. Tipping, virtual postcards, packing lists for before you go, currency converters (so you know if you’re getting ripped off by that street vendor), time difference calculators to call home, and even trivia games for waiting in lines. Looking at a building and not sure of its significance? No longer a problem. Check out all of their apps (including $4.99 city-specific guides) on the Frommer’s mobile site. Be sure to check your mobile provider’s international data plans before you go.
Hotel, Motel, Holiday Inn
Getting yourself into some unique hotels on your honeymoon is like setting the stage for a play. When you’re returning every night to someplace that feels like as much of a destination as where you’ve spent your day, it adds a special, almost fantastical, quality to your trip. This Apartment Therapy post on the Hotel Verneuil in Paris caught my eye this week, and now I’m dying to go. It’s like they injected romance-growth hormone into this room. How could you not swoon every time you walked in?
Marissa’s first journey out of the country was on a school trip to England (since then her anglophilia has truly known no bounds). She throughly enjoys seeking out all things “delightfully Internet-y” to share with her friends.